First, let's get our facts straight. An intelligence officer is not a spy. A spy is a person who, for whatever reason, works covertly against his own country for the benefit of another country. For example, the CIA's own Robert Hanssen was an intelligence officer until he started to work for the Soviets, at which point he became a spy.
Intelligence work requires a culture of acquiring and constantly updating this knowledge base that the successful intel analyst must draw upon. In that spirit, our monthly blog is devoted to bringing you some of this knowledge through those few stories that are true and verifiable.
They are few because, well, we're talking about the secret service after all... and dead men tell no tales.